Nationwide Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council is a hospital committee that was initiated in 1998. The council is a key component of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s institution-wide effort to provide patient and family centered care and improve customer service. The Family Advisory Council acts as an advisory committee to ensure that the needs of children and families are met by providing a vehicle of communication for cooperative efforts between the families and the entire staff.
Council members include family members who have had (or may potentially have) experiences with any of Nationwide Children's Hospital services or programs. Members may be parents, grandparents, or guardians of a child who has (in most cases) used services of Nationwide Children's within recent years. Members may also be teen (minimum age 16 years) and adults who have received services from Nationwide Children's in recent years. Family members with varied backgrounds and health care experiences are involved. The Council also includes hospital administrators as well as selected staff members. Council members must have the ability to serve, which includes the ability to attend regular meetings (typically scheduled in January, March, May, September, and November), serve on committees, and participate in occasional special projects. Family and staff members will normally be appointed for a two-year term.
The Family Advisory Council at Nationwide Children's Hospital is proud to award an annual recognition for excellence in patient and family-centered care. Learn more about this year's award winner.
Our approach to family-centered care ensures family members are considered part of the health care team and we are always looking to recruit interested family members to join us. If you are interested, consider filling out the application (link) and feel free to contact Luke Vohsing for additional information or questions.
Working with Family Advisors
Are you a staff member looking to include a family advisory council member on your committee or team? Family advisors are eager to provide a parent’s point of view to strengthen your project or work group. By adding a family advisor to your team/group, you are ensuring the outcomes support our patient and family centered care efforts.
Looking for other opportunities to get involved?
Read the Family to Family Newsletter
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